juliette commons

The entrance to Juliette Commons.

Forsyth is about to see the re-start of a subdivision abandoned about 2006 that could eventually be home to as many as 205 families. Edgar Hughston of Hughston Homes told the Forsyth Planning & Zoning/Design & Review Commission on Tuesday that his company now owns the property and is going through the steps to develop it. The subdivision, tentatively known as Juliette Commons, is off of Frontage and Juliette Road, behind the Hampton Inn, near KOA Campground.

Hughston said city engineer Carl Hofstadter is requiring that infrastructure on the property be brought back up to city codes. He has given Hughston a “punch list” of about 10 maintenance items that must be completed and inspected before any marketing or construction in the subdivision can begin. 

Planning & Zoning Chairman Martin Presley said that he is probably the only one still on the P&Z Commission who was a member when the subdivision was approved in about 2005, but he remembers that approval and assumes everything should still be in place as far as zoning for the property. Hughston said the city never accepted the subdivision because the developer, David Standard of McDonough, went broke before completing the project. However, streets are paved, water and sewer pipes are laid, underground electric lines are in place and 96 lots are surveyed. 

Hughston said detention ponds are grown up and need to be cleared, and one street needs to be dug up and re-paved. 

“We are not disturbing any lots, yet. We will only disturb about one acre until he [Hofstadter] approves it,” said Hughston. “Then we’ll come back.”

Hughston said he has 47 years in the business. His company is located near Columbus and has built homes in Newnan, Warner Robins and Perry. The company’s website shows it has built houses in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. He said his company intends to build homes on the 96 lots and then possibly expand to the raw land behind which he has room for about another 109 lots.

The original plans, which show a start date of Feb. 25, 2006 and an anticipated finish date of May 25, 2006, describe the property as 90.94 acres. The minimum lot size is 14,502 square feet. Houses are a minimum of 1,800 square feet. There is .7 acres +/- of open space and a landscaped boulevard entrance. 

The original plan called the subdivision Juliette Village, but it is now referenced as Juliette Commons. City Manager Janice Hall said the houses would have Forsyth city water and sewer but would be served by Central Georgia EMC. P&Z Commission member Steve Coleman said that underground power lines are now required by the city and that this subdivision was designed with underground lines. 

The Planning & Zoning/Design & Review Commission approved the plans contingent on Hofstadter giving his approval on the infrastructure. Hughston said he has been pleased at how well the infrastructure has tested after having been abandoned for over a decade and how little work needs to be done to update it. He said that when he talked with the man hired to test the sewer, he learned that the same man had tested the sewer lines 10-plus years ago. 

In other Forsyth P & Z Commission news:

• Other business before Forsyth’s Planning & Zoning Commission on March 25 included design and site plan approval for three new office buildings with parking to be built at the property of Isabelle Tanner at 201 Tift College Drive. Jennie Barfield of Harbin Engineering presented site plans for the office buildings, which were approved by the commission, with Steve Coleman, Ainsley Hall, Silas Peed and Jennifer Taylor voting in favor and Martin Presley abstaining because he is related to Tanner.

Barfield said the building will be constructed in phases; design is not complete but will be similar to the existing building on the property where Tanner’s State Farm Insurance office was located. Barfield said she has designed parking spaces according to zoning requirements for office buildings and that the disturbance for erosion control consideration is less than one acre. The whole acreage is 1.91.

Tanner said work on the infrastructure will start as soon as Norfolk Southern Railroad approves the sewer line. She expects that to be within six months.

• At its March 25 meeting Planning & Zoning also approved the building design and site plan for the building supply showroom and concrete batching operation of Fowler Flemister Concrete. The plant will be on 26.6 acres off Highway 83 North, with the entrance off College Street. 

McKenzie Davenport of Fowler Flemister said the retail building/showroom, which will display different finishes and offer tools for sale, will be 50’ x 100’. There will be signage in front. The driveway will be shared with Brandon Ogletree, who plans to build a shop for truck repair. He presently operates a shop across the street but has said he will move the business off the main highway. Fowler Flemister owns the property where the entrance will be, but Ogletree has an easement for access to his property. 

Davenport said he expects to get state approval on the site prep and erosion control and be able to start construction by early April. His company hopes to be ready to begin operations at the site by about the end of June.